Israeli Troops Attack Anti-Wall Protests in the West Bank and Injures 16 civilians

22.04.11 – 16:44

Ramallah – PNN –On Friday 16 civilians injured, four arrested as Israeli troops attacked the weekly anti-wall protests in the villages of Bil’in, Nil’in and al-Nabi Saleh, in central west Bank as well as the village of al-Ma’ssra, in the south.

In Bil’in, 15 protesters were injured when troops attacked the weekly march. Today protest in Bil’in ended the three day conference on popular struggle in Palestine. On Wednesday the village of Bil’in started its Sixth International Conference on the Palestinian Popular Struggle. This year the conference was dedicated to the Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni who was killed last Friday by a Salafist group in Gaza.

The conference was aimed at providing opportunities to build and strengthen ties between Palestinian, Israeli and international activists working against Israeli “apartheid” as organizers called it.

Today international and Israeli activists joined the villagers and marched towards the wall built of farmers lands after the midday prayers. Soldiers stopped protesters before the wall and fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at them to force them back. People continued forward and reached to the gate of the wall as they do every Friday since 2005.

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Troops fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at them, injuring 15 people among them a journalist and three international supporters. Later soldiers forced people back into the village and stormed it firing tear gas at people homes; many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.

In 2009 the Israeli High Court of Justice ruled in favor of Bil’in residents and ordered the military to reroute the wall giving back the village half of the land originally taken by the army to build the wall. Till today the military has not adhered to the court order.

In the nearby village of Nil’in, many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation today during the anti wall protest there. Troops attack people using tear gas as soon as they reached the gate of the wall separating farmers from their lands.

Meanwhile two locals and two internationals were arrested when troops attacked the weekly protest against the wall and settlements in the village of al- al-Nabi Saleh. People along with international and Israeli supporters marched to their lands were Israel is trying to build a new settlement. Troops fired tear gas at them to force them back into the village.

In southern West Bank, the villagers of al-Ma’ssara along with their international and Israeli supporters protested the Israeli wall being built on local farmers lands. Israeli soldiers attacked the protesters before leaving the village using tear gas; many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.

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